River Thames piers improved ahead of London 2012 Olympics

15:29 20 March 2012

Two key Thames piers have been improved in time for the London 2012 Olympics.

Tower Pier has been extended by 30 metres, increasing capacity by 25 per cent.

There will be better lighting due to a low-energy system, generated by solar panels on the roof.

Greenwich pier has also been impoved, with a new roof and lighting system.

Deputy mayor for transport Isabel Dedring said: “London is gearing up for a summer like no other and transport improvements such as these are a key part of our planning for a successful Games.

“Travelling to sporting venues by river will be one of the most enjoyable ways to experience our great city.”

Over the past four years passenger numbers on the river have increased by a million and work is under way to increase pier capacity by a further 20 per cent.

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